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Kasprowicz replaces Hayden on CA board

Daniel Brettig

August 9, 2011

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Michael Kasprowicz bends his back as he sends down a delivery, Chandigarh Lions v Mumbai Champs, Hyderabad, October 13, 2008
Michael Kasprowicz is to replace Matthew Hayden on CA's board of directors © ICL

Michael Kasprowicz, the former Australian fast bowler, has been chosen by Queensland Cricket to replace Matthew Hayden as one of the state's representatives on the board of Cricket Australia.

Currently the president of the Australian Cricketers Association, 39-year-old Kasprowicz will step down from his position with the players' union, and will add valuable perspective to the CA board at a time when it is about to consider the findings of the Don Argus-led review into the performance of the Australian team.

The review is expected to table its findings at CA's next board meeting on August 18-19.

Hayden was required to leave his position on the boards of QC and CA after returning to playing ranks as a member of the Brisbane Heat's inaugural Twenty20 Big Bash League squad.

His return to the batting crease has opened a door for Kasprowicz, who had ended his playing days as a participant in the ICL T20 competition in 2008, before taking up the ACA presidency in November 2010.

An amendment to the QC constitution made last year means that neither of the state's CA directors are permitted to sit on the state board, in a sign of the game's future governance direction. A review of the game's outmoded board structure is also being conducted by the corporate and sporting governance experts David Crawford and Colin Carter.

Upon taking the ACA post, Kasprowicz had said managing the introduction of the BBL, set to begin this December, would be one of the key tasks ahead of cricket administrators.

"That's something pretty exciting in Australian cricket," he said last year. "It's a great thing that we can take the game further, certainly at domestic level. What [the Big Bash League] provides for all the players is more opportunities to get noticed with eight teams in place. There are so many good outcomes that I think everything is looking forward."

Kasprowicz claimed 113 wickets in 38 Tests for Australia between 1996 and 2006.

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Posted by tdobbo on (August 11, 2011, 3:58 GMT)

Hyclass, I agree with you 100%, the Australian system is an absolute shambles and the biggest problem is they still think they are number 1, when actually they are easy beats

Posted by ygkd on (August 10, 2011, 7:33 GMT)

On the subject of appointments I see that ex WA opener Ric Charlesworth is sticking with hockey. Cricket's loss. Would have been a top national coach in this game also. But too much of an outsider to get the job?

Posted by hyclass on (August 10, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

@HatsforBats.the entire CA administration and support staff,will have their current jobs on their CVs.Along with Hayden,most have a history in first class or test cricket.Despite that,they are the ones who created the policies that have brought australian cricket to its knees.The men reviewing it are business orientated.In what circles is playing cricket an automatic graduation into business expertise? Player advocate,Paul Marsh and CA negotiated the current model of payments that discriminate against those who choose traditional cricket.Forget his lifestyle interests.As a CA board member,Hayden expressed no interest in traditional cricket and sided with the 2 countries who are 20/20 money powerhouses.He was happy to depart Board membership in pursuit of notionally pre agreed BBL ownership with the CA Board.His playing is little more than an advertising ploy given his 95 runs in 9 innings for Chennai at last start.BBL 20/20 isnt cricket and cant help test cricket or cricketers.

Posted by duralsumo on (August 10, 2011, 4:13 GMT)

To Hyclass, at least Kaspa has paid the game and being a fast bowler will be forward in going forward. He cannot do any worse than Messrs Sutherland and Hilditch? Good to see that Ravi Kottur recognises that we have young talent including Khwaja. Might be the only chance he gets to see him play will be on TV given the Indian High Commission not giving him a Visa. I think Chappell making a comeback would be a great idea.

Posted by Meety on (August 10, 2011, 0:40 GMT)

@Pushpyndra Kumar - Kasper had an economy rate of 2.73 in 8 tests in India, hardly "smashed", he averaged around 39 - which meant he wasn't getting many wickets, but his job was to apply pressure AND he did!

Posted by HatsforBats on (August 10, 2011, 0:23 GMT)

@hyclass: On what basis should Kaspa not be employed? Former ACA president with years in the FC system who recognises the deficiencies in the current system and advocates change. I would much rather him than some business analyst who help X company gain a 7% increase in efficiency. A better choice that Hayden, at least he will be able to concentrate on the job rather than his next tv show or cook book.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2011, 17:36 GMT)

As long as Chappel is providing his INVALUABLE ideas and comments, we are absolutely sure where CA is heading. He is a level-headed and Non-sense selector and coach. Better CA understands this before it hits the bottom like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. People who have played more domestic cricket than International cricket should run the Cricket Board as they know what is missing at that level. International cricketers are always in the limelight for one or the other reason and will perform to stay there. But the domestic cricket has immense talent coming in and needs un-earthing and nurturing which a board like CA or BCCI is not doing.Give chance to Callum Fergusson, Paine, Khwaja, Nathan Lyon and Micheal Beer. They only want to show case more and more raw talent and make more money for themselves. Cant BCCI come forward and lend a helping hand to Zimbabwe Cricket who are struggling to pay the equally talented cricketers. There is more EGO at the Board level and ICC is just a puppet now.

Posted by tdobbo on (August 9, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

Who's next after Hayden to make a comeback? Greg Chappell?

Posted by ygkd on (August 9, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

Understand the idea that it could have waited a fortnight - however, I'd rather see some decent decision-makers there to greet the review it when it arrives. And Kasprowicz will fit that bill. It would be good to see those who weren't always given extended runs when playing get more of a go in administration, selection etc because they may well make better use of their relatively up-and-down experiences and show an ability for more original thought.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2011, 9:34 GMT)

I have not heard much about MK. However, one thing I can remember the way he was smashed around the park by Sachin & Sourav, he wasn't to aggressive besides the usual babble. Unlike the other Aussie lads. Personally besides that fellow seems humble, and strong-headed. He was a part of the team that played 2005 ASHES. England won the 5-Test series 2-1.

Freddie was chosen as English Man of the Series by Australian coach John Buchanan. Shane Warne as the Australian Man of the Series by English coach Duncan Fletcher.

I wish Kasper and Cricket Australian team all the best! I want you guys to rule the game again.... \m/

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